CBI probe sought into FIR cancellation 
Damage to ancient school: ADTA says cops not doing enough 
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 10
Amritsar Diocesan Trust Association (ADTA) has demanded a CBI probe into cancellation of an FIR in a case pertaining to demolition of boundary wall of 127-year-old Alexandra High School here.

ADTA secretary Sohan Lal says the police has failed to register cases  against the ‘bishop’ Tabir-Ul-Haq and sub-registrar despite clear-cut directions from the HC in this regard

ADTA secretary Sadrick Sohan Lal, in a missive to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has urged him to initiate a high-level probe to find out why the then SSP had recommended dropping of case on March 31 this year. “The case was registered after an inquiry report was submitted by then SP (headquarters) who had personally inspected the site which was under the control of the trust. The police had also seized two trucks and the other construction materials from the site,” says the communique.

Talking to the media, Sohan Lal said there was need for a thorough probe as to how the land worth crores was disposed off at a meager amount of Rs 16 lakh thus causing a huge loss to the exchequer.

He alleged that the city police had also failed to register cases against the ‘bishop’ Tabir-Ul-Haq and sub-registrar despite directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard.

Notably, the boundary wall of the school, located on Queens Road, was demolished by some unscrupulous elements in May last year. Later, a case was registered against Jagjit Singh, Hardial Singh, Lehmber Singh, Pakhar Singh and Jagjit Singh alias Sonu Chahal under sections 447, 427, 379, 148, 149 IPC.

“However, the cops did a volte-face and said in their probe report that no trucks or construction materials was seized from the site. They also said the property was under the control of one of the accused Jagjit Singh alias Sonu Chahal,” alleged Sohan Lal, adding that one of the seniormost police officers was pressurising the local police to grab the trust land.

The ADTA secretary claimed that they had damanded a copy of SP’s report under the RTI Act on April 17 but the cops refused to give the same.



Now, lodge FIR online
Cops go hi-tech, tie up with hotels to stem crime
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, July 10
The city police is going hi-tech. In a major step, initiated to provide more convenience to residents, it has unveiled a new facility which allows registration of complaints online. SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said the people now need not visit police station for lodging FIRs. Stating that the new facility is being lapped up by the residents, the SSP said, “In the last 10 days, we have received more than 20 FIRs. It helps save precious time, both that of authorities and citizens.” The district police chief was addressing a meeting of Amritsar hotel and restaurant association here.

The district police conducted late night raids on all the major hotels to identify the anti-social elements and foreigners. The officer said the surprise check was to ensure that hotels were following the guidelines wherein it’s mandatory for them to pass on the information regarding their guests, especially foreigners, to the nearest police station.

It has come to our notice many Pakistanis are coming here in the garb of travel agents and officials offering youths jobs abroad. The meeting was attended by a large number of representatives of hoteliers, including association’s chairman Bhupinder Singh. 



Corruption-free India: He lives his dream
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 10
As his aircraft was about to nosedive in a lake in Tamil Nadu after it caught fire, he made a frantic prayer —- If I get to live on, I will devote my life to humanity. His wish was granted and his DC-3 transport plane landed in a manner that no one was hurt.

Getting rid of the menace may not be feasible immediately, but even a marginal change can work wonders for our nation 

Considering it a miracle, Squadron Leader N.V. John wrote his resignation in 1982. But it was rejected. Finally, after much coaxing, he took premature retirement in 1989, and then began his search for truth. The years went by and the former officer became Swami Sachidananda Bharti, a promoter of peace  and values.

The man was is in the city on an invitation from Akal Purakh Ki Fauj to address students and staff of the Khalsa College and Guru Nanak Dev University and spread message of peace. Talking to The Tribune, he said, “The National Regeneration Mission has completed ten years and I am visiting different parts of the country to propagate its ideology. I have already given lectures in 14 universities and 35 colleges. As many as 310 meetings have been also held with citizens’ forums in various parts of the country.”

Swami Sachidananda visualises India as a country free from corruption. And to weed out the menace, which has reached an alarming proportion, he has come out with a Citizens’ campaign for corruption-free India. “Getting rid of the problem may not be feasible immediately, but even a marginal change can work wonders for our nation, especially the common man who is bearing the maximum brunt,” he said.

“We achieved political freedom 60 years ago but we are yet to attain social and economic liberty, for which we need to launch a second freedom struggle. The campaign against corruption will be the first step in the second freedom struggle,” he points out.



Woman among 5 held for smuggling drugs 
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, July 10
Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) nabbed five persons on the charges of drug peddling in a special operation here. The police recovered 200 gm smack from the possession of the smugglers. The accused were identified as Mandeep Kaur of Kot Khalsa, Rajinder Singh of Kartar Nagar, Chheharta, Hardev Singh alias Deba of Mohalla Baba Farid, Gurpreet Singh alias Bunty of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar and Nirmal of Uttam Singh Nagar.

Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, district police chief informed that Mandeep Kaur belongs to notorious Sukhi gang operating in Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar districts.

More than two dozen of cases have been registered against the gang. Meanwhile, cops managed to nab a snatcher, identified as Rahul. The youth has been involved in more than 12 cases of snatchings in the recent past. A mobile, one motorcycle and some cash has been recovered from his possession. 



2-year-old boy gets fresh lease of life
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, July 10
Doctors at the Escorts Heart and Super Specialty Institute gave a second lease of life to the two-and-half-year-old Gurbir Singh who was suffering from a rare diabetic complication.

Gurbir’s blood sugar had shot up leading to diabetic cerebral odema, which means the swelling in the brain, because of which he went unconscious for more than six days before being admitted to the institute.

His mother Kawaljit Kaur and father Sukhdev Singh, an agriculturist, said Gurbir fell unconscious while playing.

Dr Rajeev Khanna, an endocrinologist at the institute, said it took more than 48 hours to resuscitate Gurbir as his condition was critical to the extent that if any procedure was applied, to rapidly restore the sugar level to normal count, Gurbir could have lapsed into coma or collapsed and died.

According to the doctors, Gurbir was suffering from type -I diabetes in which a person carries a defective gene called HLA. This gene causes auto-immune destruction of pancreatic cell producing insulin and is slightly related to family history of diabetes.



‘Commitment a must for teachers’

Amritsar, July 10
A four-week general orientation course organised by the academic staff college of Guru Nanak Dev University concluded here. More than 23 teachers from different parts of the country attended the programme.

Addressing the participants, director of academic staff college, Kurukshetra University, Dr K.L. Tuteja said, “The scholars should not alienate from their social commitment and must stick to moral values.” Talking about responsibilities of a teacher, Tuteja said, “A teacher can be successful only if he is sincere, dedicated and committed to his discipline. Besides regular update of subject knowledge is also a must. The process of acquiring knowledge is a never-ending process and orientation courses are the right platform to enhance the knowledge of the teaching fraternity.” — OC



Children film fest in Sept

Amritsar, July 10
A children film festival would be organised under the aegis of the Children Film Society of India from September 10 to 15, additional deputy commissioner Paramjeet Singh said at a meeting held here today. During the festival, documentary films as well as films on educational, historical and social values would be screened for the children free in eight cinema halls of the city from 9 am to11 am.

Paramjit Singh said the motive of the festival is to inculcate social awareness and mannerism among kids. He said such festivals provided an opportunity to make children aware of several things which would help them in becoming good citizens. He said district education officer (secondary) Mohan Lal Cheema has been made the nodal officer to organise the event.—OC



DAV students bag silvers at essay contest
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 10
Two students of DAV Public School bagged prizes in an essay competition whose result was declared recently.

Sixteen-year-old Priyanka Bawa got the silver medal in a national-level essay competition held by the Rotary International in Bangalore. While Danish Gill of Class XI too won the silver medal in the zonal-level of the same competition.

Priyanka’s essay has been portrayed on the Rotary Club Canada’s website.

R.K. Uppal, Rotary president, said six entries had been shortlisted by the Rotary Club, North Zone, from Amritsar.

Priyanka won a prize of Rs 4,000, silver medal and memento, while Danish won a prize of Rs 1,000, silver medal and a memento.

Principal Neera Sharma, while congratulating Priyanka Bawa and Danish Gill for winning the competition, said they would be honoured in the coming school assembly and the annual function.

Priyanka and Danish said there was one common topic for the essay competition, “How to prevent corruption - using the four-way test.” As part of the essay, the four-way test was conceived by Herbert. J. Taylor, a Chicago Rotarian, who went on to apply the test to a near bankrupt company and brought it to high profit-making concern in just a few years.



Photo exhib from July 12
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 10
'SOS-From The Conquerors Of The Sky', a four-day photo exhibition, will start from July 12 at Art Gallery on M. M. Malavia Road here. The event would display photographs of young photo artist Arsh Rup Singh.

The shutterbug, who has been working for this collection for past three years, said, “I have tried to capture the beauty of birds.” 



Now, IAF goes on mission green  

Amritsar, July 10
The Indian Air Force launched ‘Mission Greening India’ at the Rajasansi International Airport to commemorate country’s biggest ever sporting event, the fourth Military World Games, scheduled to be held at Hyderabad and Mumbai in October.

Group Captain Vishwas Gaur, station commander, Rajasansi International Airport, said the motto of this programme is to make the whole nation take a look at the games in order to catch the public imagination projecting a humane face of the Indian armed forces.

The forces have not only played a role of protector from external threats but also contributed significantly to the nation building process, he added. The Group Captain talking on the mission said the armed forces would plant saplings across the nation for the protection of the environment.

Initiating the drive at the local level, school children of the Air Force School along with their parents and air warriors planted saplings in the residential area and school campus. — TNS



Maintain discipline to avoid mishaps

Remember the most important rule for safe driving on the roads: mirror-signal-manoeuvre. Always check your mirrors for other traffic, give a clear signal well in advance, and then only turn, change lane or stop.

Important dos and don’ts for safe lane driving are

u Get into the correct lane in good time before a junction.

u If there is a traffic jam do not ‘jump the queue’ by cutting into another lane or by overtaking vehicles ahead of you.

u On a two-lane dual road use the right lane only for overtaking or for turning right. Your normal position is the left lane.

u On a three-lane dual road stay on the left lane using the middle lane only for overtaking slower traffic. Come back to the left lane thereafter. The right lane is for vehicles turning right or for overtaking.

u Overtake another vehicle only when you can do so safely. Once you have started to overtake move past the other vehicle quickly and then come back to the left without cutting in sharply

u Do not overtake from the left unless vehicle ahead is signalling a turn to the right or in slowly moving traffic the vehicles in the right lane are moving slower than you.

u Do not speed up when you are being overtaken. Instead, slow down slightly, if necessary, to let the overtaking vehicle move past quickly.

u Do not make any movement on the road which will force other vehicles to swerve or slow down.

Never reverse into a major road. Reverse with care looking all around you repeatedly. You must not reverse your vehicle for longer than necessary.



The eleventh wonder
Vandana Bansal

Whenever you have to multiply any number by 11, usually you follow a long multiplication process but do you know that instead of using this lengthy multiplication method, you can directly write down the answer of any number multiplied by 11.

For example:

Take the number, say 36. If you want to multiply 36 by 11, follow the following few steps:

First write down the number with a zero in front of it. It will become 036. Zero is written to help make the calculation easier.

For multiplication by 11, you have to use the technique, “Add the neighbour”. Observe the 6 in the “unit’s” place of the number since there is no number to the right of it, just write 6 in the unit’s place of the answer.

For the “ten’s” place, add 3 to its right side neighbour 6 i.e. 3+6=9 and write 9 in the ten’s place of the answer.

For “hundred’s” place, add 0 to its right side neighbour 3 i.e. 0+3=3, write the answer 3 in the hundred’s place of the answer.

Therefore, 11 × 036 = 396

Similarly, 248 × 11 = 0248 ×11 = 2728 182 × 11 = 0182 × 11 = 2002 713459×11 = 0713459 × 11 = 7848049 84562317 ×11 = 084562317 × 11= 930185487

With the help of such easy techniques, you can solve various complicated problems within minutes and sometimes in just a few seconds only.

I’m sure that those who were afraid of multiplication earlier, will now feel pleasure in multiplying the numbers by 11.

e-mail: bansalvandana@yahoo.com



AVM seeks HC bench in city
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, July 10
The Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) has demanded establishment of a full bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a full bench of the Punjab Information Commissioner in Amritsar. This would facilitate disposing off of pending cases in three districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran. The Manch has also urged to run courts in double shifts on the pattern of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala, patron of the manch, in a letter to the CM Parkash Singh Badal, demanded that the state must follow example of other states running special courts. He said after Gujarat, Tamil Nadu has become the second state in the country to have evening shifts in courts. Gujarat’s first evening court began in Ahmedabad last year and the number has risen to 62 now, added Gumtala. The evening courts in Gujarat have so far disposed of over 70,000 cases. Andhra Pradesh, on the other hand, has opted for early morning courts, which wind up their work by 10 am.



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